Manarola is located on the Ligurian coast in the province of La Spezia, about ten miles west of La Spezia and about 70 km southeast of Genoa. This is one of the five villages forming the Cinque Terre: Manarola is the fourth village from the north, between Corniglia northwest and southeast Riomaggiore, after Corniglia, Manarola is the smallest of the five villages . Administratively, Manarola to Riomaggiore is a hamlet.
Manarola, like other villages of the Cinque Terre, is located between the Ligurian coast and a chain of mountains that separates the Apennines at Mount Zatta and down to the southeast between the coast and the Val di Vara. The village lies at the end of the stream valley Groppo.
Manarola may be the oldest village in the Cinque Terre. The first records date back to the thirteenth century, when the village came under the domination of Genoa’s San Lorenzo church has elements dating back to 1338.
The church square is covered in 1863. Apart from this place, the river running through the village is fully uncovered until 1950. It is covered between 1950 and 1970.